Yesterday I was reading throug the chronicles at the in the appendix of LoTR and I was puzzled by the following: In 1600 SA, Sauron forged the One Ring and in 3262 SA he is taken prisoner to Numenor, which is the beginning of it's downfall. After a couple of selfish kings, the Edain travel West and Numenor is destroyed, with Sauron sitting on his throne in the temple. Now, according to the books, Sauron doesn't die because he "Isn't of mortal flesh". And thus the next passage: "But Sauron was not of mortal flesh, and he was stripped now of that shape, in which he had wrought now such great an evil so that he could never again appear fair in the eye of Men. Yet his spirit arose out of the deep and passed as a shadow and a black wind over the sea, and came back to Middle Earth and to Mordor that was his home. There he took up again his Great Ring in Barad-Dûr,...." Now, what I ask myself is: Where did this Ring suddely come from? I can't imagin that he left it behind in Barad-Dûr; Sauron WAS the Ring, his power depended on it. He couldn't have taken the risk abandonning it (could he?) On the other hand, he couldn't have taken it back from Nomenor in his "etherical" state. Nor could he summon it from the sea floor, as is clear from the LoTR-stories. So, am I missing something? At least I can't find any link in both the Sil (Akallabêth) and the UT.